An analysis of loneliness in the scarlet letter by nathaniel hawthorne

Hester freely chastises the entities which create structure and constraint in society. The devil is always anxious to be enlisted against himself, but his reasons are tolerably transparent.

The scarlet letter isolates Hester from the pressures to conform to society, giving her the opportunity to find her individualistic moral perspective in life and she shares this revelation with Dimmesdale.

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But, by bringing the matter to the personal level, Chillingworth confesses his indifference to any but personal considerations, not to mention his disbelief in God. Using a variety of literary techniques and descriptions of emotions and nature, Hawthorne is able to fully depict the inner feelings of hurt suffered by the central characters as a result of severe loneliness and seclusion.

The real agony of sin, as Chillingworth clearly perceived, lies not in its commission, which is always delightful, nor in its open punishment, which is a kind of relief, but in the dread of its discovery.

Isolation or alienation from the mainstream seems to be their lot. To exhibit this transformation, Hawthorne expresses the character of Roger Chillingworth primarily through private contemplation; Chillingworth exposes his true self only through his thoughts.

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But Dimmesdale's social position, as well as his personal character, seems to raise him above the possibility of such a lapse. Dimmesdale is, artistically, a corollary of Hester; and yet the average writer would not be apt to hit upon him as a probable seducer.

Words: , Paragraphs: 15, Pages: 6 Publication date: April 06, Sorry, but copying text is forbidden on this website! To acknowledge our sins before God, in the ordinary sense of the phrase, is a phrase, and no more, unproductive of absolution. Arthur Dimmesdale. But it contributes to her moral and mental growth. Release from these constraints allows them to look critically at the society they have left behind and form their own opinions of where life should lead, rather than accepting the roles that others have placed upon them. As with one passion, so with another! When she was in town, the other children discriminated her and refused to play with her. To exhibit this transformation, Hawthorne expresses the character of Roger Chillingworth primarily through private contemplation; Chillingworth exposes his true self only through his thoughts. Also, she was banned from living inside of the town, they gave her an abandoned cottage on the outskirts of town to live and raise her daughter Pearl. And she must bear the cross for the rest of her life. But given Hester and the minister, and the punishment inflicted upon the former, and Chillingworth becomes inevitable.

The Scarlet letter distances her from others. And it elevates Chillingworth into the bad eminence of chief criminal of the three. She lived on the outskirts of the town with her mother and away from the people.

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Physical and Psychological Isolation in The Scarlet Letter